Blue-green algae bloom now in lake is fueled by nitrogen from the air

Tests by the University of Florida show the cyanobacteria bloom in the lake has changed. At the start of the summer, the dominant type was a species of Microcystis, according to Florida Department of Environmental Regulation (FDEP) tests. In late July, the Microcystis bloom appeared to die off. A new bloom that has grown in […]

City of Okeechobee to hold elections and appointment to fill seats for 2018 terms

OKEECHOBEE — The City of Okeechobee is now accepting applications from city residents who wish to be considered for appointment to serve on the city council, to fill the term left by the resignation of Michael O’Connor. Individuals interested can access the application packet by visiting the website and by clicking on the “Employment” […]

UPDATED: 17-year-old hospitalized after electric shock

OKEECHOBEE — On Saturday afternoon a 17-year-old male, who was helping his parents install new appliances, was injured by a serious electric shock according to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office report. According to an incident report by Deputy Joel Lacerte, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), at 2:11 p.m. on July 7, he responded […]

Flow suspended from Lake Okeechobee to coastal estuaries

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District suspended water releases from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries effective this morning (July 9). The Corps had halted Lake Okeechobee flows to the St. Lucie Estuary on June 30, but were still releasing some lake water to the Caloosahatchee River […]

Public invited to comment on EAA reservoir plan

OKEECHOBEE – Plans for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee continue to move forward. The public had another chance to ask questions and comment on the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir project June 27 at a meeting in Clewiston sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Similar meetings took place June 26 in LeHigh […]

Satellite images show massive bluegreen algal bloom on Lake Okeechobee

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is monitoring what they believe to be a large cyanobacteria bloom on Lake Okeechobee. According to Oceanographer Michelle Tomlinson of the NOAA National Ocean Service, they have been monitoring satellite photos of the lake since the start of June. Ms. Tomlinson shared the following information about […]

Treatment process, backup plans protect Okeechobee’s water supply

OKEECHOBEE — As the summer heat brings the threat of algae blooms on Lake Okeechobee, the Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) is ready with their own testing, water treatment and backup plans. OUA pumps about 2.5 million gallons a day from Lake Okeechobee, explained OUA Executive Director John Hayford. The water pumps at the Clif Betts, […]

Mayor Watford named 2018 Home Rule Hero

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee City Council June 19 meeting Tuesday, kicked off with a surprise, last-second addition to the agenda. Mayor Dowling R. Watford Jr. was surprised he was named a 2018 Home Rule Hero by the Florida League of Cities for his work to protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s cities during this […]

Candidates seek local offices

OKEECHOBEE — The 2018 election season is well underway in Okeechobee County. In the race for the County Commission District 2 seat incumbent Byrant Culpepper is challenged by Noel Alton Chandler. Both are Republicans. In the race for the County Commission District 4 seat, incumbent Terry Burroughs is challenged Fred Darrell Brown. Both are Republicans. […]

A/V footage used as probable cause in O’Connor arrest

OKEECHOBEE — A store surveillance system served as physical evidence to attest to victim’s claim against Okeechobee City Councilman. Okeechobee City Councilman, Michael Gerald O’Connor, 77, was arrested at his home on May 24, at 8:17 a.m. by Okeechobee Police Department Detective, James Pickering, on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with tampering with […]